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total ses mated to cost $100,000. >> it's difficult to say, until we know the nature of the problem, we won't know that it could have been maintenance or whether some other outside factor. >> the system was outdated. you know, i used to ride b.a.r.t. every day. but not worth it any more. >> the breakdown comes as b.a.r.t.'s aging rail systems need upgrades to replace the 40-year-old track. infrastructure and electrical substations. to pay for it a $3 billion bond measure is expected to go before voters in november. >> it's not the money, it's their ability to see these problems ahead of time and prepare for them. so that there's less disruption right to the traveling public. >> and b.a.r.t. officials tell me the bus shuffling passengers between north concord and pittsburgh will most likely continue to run throughout the weekend. it's unclear when that stretch will reopen. but even when it does, there will be fewer cars along the line. which will cause delays here for
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some time. reporting live from concord, i'm elyce kirshner. >> many people think this is a political employ by b.a.r.t. to get the funding, that additional funding. and this is all playing out on social media. commuters upset and b.a.r.t. is firing back. b.a.r.t.'s official twitter account has been very active. responding, bluntly to passengers. one tweet says quote, b.a.r.t. was built to transport far fewer people, and much of our system has reached the end of its useful life. this is our reality. state attorney general kamala harris on board, tweeted that b.a.r.t.'s problems are a reminder that quote we must invest in public transit. we've been updating the story throughout the day across our digital platforms. it's a good resource to keep up with bart delays and the traffic conditions. just go to or follow us on twitter. and just in to our news
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room, a south bay sports coach under arrest for alelkdly having a sexual relationship with two students. san jose police say enoch garcia seen here was an assistant track coach at mount pleasant high school. on monday police say a district employee notified them about a possible inappropriate relationship. police say one student was 17 years old, the other, 14. garcia was arrested, taken to jail on tuesday. and we have new video of a fight in san jose. that nearly ended in murder. the suspect, seen here in the white shirt, confronted the victim outside the willow den bar. this happened back on november 15th. police say the men bumped into each other inside the bar and began arguing outside. investigators say the suspect then stabbed the victim at least once. he ran from the scene and has not been caught. the victim survived his injuries. new at 5:00 on the hunt for a vandal. so far, nearly 200 cars have been targeted in the east bay. what you're looking at is new surveillance video, a critical
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clue in this investigation. the weapon of choice? a b.b. gun it doesn't appear to be a student prank. instead serious damage here. police say neighborhoods in these four cities are getting hit. hayward, san lorenzo, san leandro and castro valley. any idea what the motivation is here? >> they have no idea at this point. santiago road here in san leandro has been hit three times now. you can see the glass on the street. the glass that was shattered when the window of this honda here was shot out. i'll tell you folks here are fed up and angry. >> shot out the back of the window, yeah. the rear window here. >> this man describes the damage done to his suv early yesterday morning. his neighbors surveillance cameras captured what happened to his cars and several others on santiago road. vandals armed with bb guns blasting away at car windows.
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>> we don't know the reason why they're doing this. and it really makes no sense as to why people would randomly drive around neighborhoods and shoot windows out on cars. for no reason whatsoever. >> san leandro police say it's been going on for months. say the vandals have hit 180 cars in san leandro and other surrounding areas of alameda county since december. >> it's tough to know that people are out here creating that type of damage. it's frustrating to know that we in law enforcement haven't been able to stop it. >> this man wants it to stop. even with insurance the damage cost him $250 to repair. >> i tell you what, i hope the police catch them before i do. >> we're back here live, you're looking at some of the damage. the car parked right behind this car also has a shattered window. now police don't know right now if this is the work of one crew of vandals or several groups. they have been seen on surveillance video driving
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multiple cars. so far the damage is estimated at about $60,000. reporting live in san leandro, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. threats at two east bay high schools forced students and teachers to lock their doors and stay inside. livermore police put granada high school on alert and told everyone to shelter in place today after it received a threat this morning. officers later found that threat not to be credible. but then this afternoon, livermore high was told to shelter in place. officers say administrators received a message similar do what granada high received. police searched the school and found nothing. could there be more delays in the murder trial regarding sierra lamar? that's what will happen if the defense gets its wish. the suspect's attorney is headed back to court today seeking more evidence in the case. nbc bay area's damian trujillo has the story. >> without a body, experts say the dna evidence pointing to
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antonin garcia torres is crucial in this case, but the crime lab got his profiles on 11 prepare and defense lawyers want to know who those people are. >> this is critical to the defense's case. because they have to attack this dna evidence entirely. because of the fact that there is no body, and the dna evidence points to garcia torres. >> torres' lawyers filed this motion with the court requesting the profiles of the other 11 people who also got hits on the dna database. if they get their wish, legal analyst steven clark said don't expect the trial to start next month as scheduled. >> there would be a mountain of evidence turned over to the defense if they get their way here. and it's very difficult to imagine how they could be ready for trial and have their experts review this evidence within a month. >> but delay would be a blow for search volunteer who is will be back out on saturday. looking for sierra. >> we want him to bring sierra home and have justice for
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sierra. and to bring sierra home provides some level of closure and comfort to the lamar family. >> the judge is set to rule on the latest defense request on monday. in san jose, damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. a broken gas line forced fire crews to evacuate a hotel in morgan hill. pg & e tells us a third-party contractor accidentally cut a service line while digging near the holiday inn on condit road. it happened around 11:15 this morning. pg & e crews capped the broken line about an hour later. a state of emergency in maraga, the town made that declaration because of the large sinkhole that still needs repairs. it opened up on sunday after all of our rain. caused a gas outage in the area. the emergency declaration allows maraga to bypass the normal bidding process so they can quickly hire repair crews. strong reaction from house speaker paul ryan today over some controversial comments by
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presidential candidate donald trump. ryan says it's unacceptable for trump to suggest there would be rioting if he's not chosen as the republican nominee. trump made those comments yesterday in response to growing speculation there could be a contested gop convention. speaker ryan today acknowledged that could happen. he also shut down suggestions that he could be a possible compromise candidate. >> it's not going to be me. it should be somebody running for president. look, i made a decision over a year ago not to run for president. i really believe if you want to be president, you should run for president. people are out there campaigning, they're canvassing, there's caucuses and primaries. that's who we should select from among for our next president. >> ryan today would not say whether he would oppose trump as the nominee. complete decision 2016 coverage continues on "nightly news," with an in-depth look at a republican party divided. plus how president obama's supreme court nominee reached out for support on capitol hill
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today. lester holt joins us at 5:30. >> an issue about water. a finger-pointing free for all in washington today. over the lead-tainted water in flint-michigan. lawmakers divided along party lines during this fiery hearing. democrats demanded the resignation of michigan's governor. republicans called on the epa chief to step down. each side blames the other for the contamination which began two years ago. >> inefficient, ineffective and unaccountable bureaucrats at the epa allowed this disaster to continue unnecessarily. >> but looking back on flint from day one, the state provided our regional office with confusing, incomplete and absolutely incorrect information. >> while this was going on, a lot of people made the road trip. angry flint, michigan residents rallied outside of those hearings demanding clean water for their community. a group of south bay students rally in protest after
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a court decision. i'm scott budman at san jose state coming up why they're upset and what they want dmt future. then, the show won't go on. sea world under intense pressure making major changes to its orca shows, what will happen to the killer whales now? >> we put a ceiling on ourselves if anything i've learned, don't do that. >> part of our bay area proud series, from flowers to fino philanthropy. how a south bay man is using his garden to help people. and i'm meteorologist jeff ranieri. a warm day, currently 84 in santa theresa. 82 in santa clara. but we are tracking major changes by the weekend that includes rain. i'll have the full forecast in about eight minutes.
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they say denny's 7-pepper spicy skillet is crazy spicy, but how crazy could it be... denny's new crazy spicy skillet. denny's. welcome to america's diner. many san jose state udents arun many san jose state students are uniting and rallying against hate. students at the university say they're angry and disgusted after a black student was chained up and made to live with a confederate flag by his white roommates. let's bring in nbc bay area's scott budman who joins us from the san jose campus. this was a polarizing court case that just ended a few weeks ago. scott? >> raj, students here say they're angry both about that court verdict and what they call a lack of support from the
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school. >> we going to be all right. >> about 100 students ral idea outside the san jose state administration building, angry that three white students were recently not found to have committed a hate crime after they abused donald williams junior, a black student in 2013. >> we all know what the confederate flag signifies -- hate. we all know what the swastika signifies -- hate. >> let the world know that we're still here to challenge racism and white supremacy, we don't want our campus to be hospitable for hate crimes to continue to happen. >> while students protested, school administrators told us they agree -- the verdict should have been different. >> i think as an institution, we share their frustration and disappointment about the verdict. that's the justice system. we are concerned about how we're going to continue to work with our students in our entire community for programs and resources that we have here on
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campus. >> two sides that agree on a court case. even amidst tension on campus. >> students say going forward, one of the things they want to see is a zero tolerance policy for racial harassment. here on campus. at san jose state, scott budman, nbc bay area news. >> breaking news now, not far from where scott budman is downtown san jose is where a car smashed into a house and caught fire. police say the driver then jumped out of the car and took off running. they also believed he dropped some kind of weapon. this happened just about an hour ago at san antonio and 16th, sectisix blocks from san jose state university. our crews arrived, gathered more information and we'll have a live report at 6:00. new at 5:00, burned out, but not driven out. new survey of the hundreds of victims of last year's devastating valley fire finds most of them have stayed in lake county. while they've had to find
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temporary housing, more than 50% say they will rebuild. about a fourth say they're not sure. lake county's recovery task force surveyed fire victims, so authorities would know how to best help them. well spring is right around the corner. for many people their thoughts turn to their garden. but one san jose man, not quite. >> he thinks about his garden year-round it shows. this year, his incredible back yard display has a new special purpose. nbc bay area's garvin thomas joins us to show what it is in tonight's bay area proud. >> we've done stories in the past on rich santoro's passion for flowers and gardening. normally i would say i'm good at figuring out what deep down is motivating someone to do what they do. but clearly, i didn't figure it out with rich. now in my defense, until recently, he didn't understand it, as well. >> be careful. it's kind of slippery. >> the third time rich santoro is discovering, isn't always a
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charm. in fact, on this mill pooepitas hillside, it's just about the opposite. >> it's a disaster. >> for the third year in a row you see rich has planted thousands of bubblbs up here whh when in bloom were supposed to spell out a secret message from passers-by, except they didn't bloom. again. >> completely mildewed. what you see here is 6700 failu failures. >> it's a bit of a surprise considering rich is something of a maestro when it comes to bulb gardening. just not up here. >> in the back yard i'm a near expert. >> rich is well known in gardening circles as the bulb guy is san jose. each year he plants more than 10,000 in his back yard, then opens it up for the public to enjoy the colorful results. rich did it, he always said, to simply share his love of flowers with the world. not this year, though.
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>> now it's taken on a different purpose. >> what changed? well, a door closed. literally. and when it did, a picture that had been hanging on rich's walls for more than 30 years crashed to the floor. >> when the picture fell off the wall it was, it was an epiphany. boom. >> the picture, a rainbow had been drawn by richard's son. nicknamed boom. he died of cancer at the age of six. suddenly, rich says he realized the garden was never supposed to just look good. it should do good. the rainbow on his garage door this year, meant to match boom's drawing, is being built with petals, each representing a $5 donation to fight childhood cancer. >> no parent should have to bury their child, it's pretty horrendous. that's, that's, that's what this garden is all about now. >> rich says losing a child taught him a lot about perspective in life.
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that for example, 6,000 flowers that don't bloom, isn't a tragedy. but 10,000 that do -- might just one day prevent one. >> those tulips are beautiful. >> he is a master with that. i posted a link on my facebook page, garvinthomasnbcbayarea. if you'd like to donate to rich's cause, and his garden is also open for viewing this week. if you want to go see it in person this weekend, it is spectacular. he knows what he's doing in the back yard. up on the hill he hasn't figured it out. but he's going back next year, he's going to do it. >> there were so many petals on that wall, how much has he raised so far? >> in the thousands, about $3,000 on the gofundme account. i'm sure there's more coming in every minute. >> thanks, garvin. let's bring in our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. we were talking about gardening earlier this afternoon.
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>> you can see on the sky camera network, plenty of blue sky and 70s across the board, the south bay coming in at 79 degrees. east bay, 73. one of the best sky camera shots no doubt in san francisco. let's take you there. you can see on the outer sunset. 73 as the sun begins to set and not any sign of fog at least right now. through the north bay, we're coming in at 76. mild today, but changes beginning for tomorrow. take you to that microclimate forecast. we'll begin to see some clouds push in. 51 for the south bay. north bay at 45. the introduction of some of the cloud cover will again be a sign of changes to come our way by this weekend. you can see on the futurecast, 5:30, 7:30 in the morning. napa and sonoma counties, back towards contra costa and alameda. by the afternoon on friday, we start to clear out to sunny skies yet again. we don't think we'll see the cloud cover start to increase
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quite dramatically until saturday evening and that's out ahead of our storm system. that does look to arrive by sunday's forecast. for the north bay down to the south bay. let's look at what the rain and clouds are due to the temperatures. tomorrow, we'll be the last warm day. after that we start to see things cool off into the 60s on saturday, sunday, monday and tuesday so enjoy it while it is here. let's look at the microclimate forecast as we head throughout friday. you can see in san francisco, financial district, 66 degrees. back towards the marina. cooler with the bay breeze returning. 62 for the peninsula, palo alto, sunny and 71. san jose, coming in at 73 degrees. cupertino, a sunny 72, for the north bay, east bay and tri-valley. more 70s, more sunshine. great day in napa at 73 degrees. santa rosa, 70. that continues throughout the east bay and also for the tri-valley. as we take a look at the rain outlook once again, hm keeps it dry throughout the next 48
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hours. then by sunday, that next storm arrives. it looks like we'll see the chance of some scattered showers linger also into monday and tuesday. so overall, as the storm system moves in, it's not going to be a ton of rainfall. we're looking at a quarter to a half-inch from san francisco to san jose. your better bet of a half-inch more, sunday through next tuesday would be santa rosa to napa. we're tracking more and we'll have details at 6:00 p.m. next at 5:00, a huge honor for a small business, the notable firsts for the lgbt community. sea world's last generation. the theme park's big reversal that's being celebrated by animal rights activists. ==reveal==uber crossg the borde
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the border into nemexico, the n uber service in san diego that promise as hassle-free trip to tijuana. but uber says riders have to find their own way back. plus celebrating st. patrick's day with irish-inspired food and drink. recipes for classic irish favorites with a modern twist on our facebook page. no more orca shows asea-
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world. theheme park ivoluntarile eeding no more orca shows at sea world. the theme park is voluntarily ending its captive breeding of the killer whales and phasing out the performances. the park released this video on its facebook page, announcing its current generation of killer whales will be the last. the company will phase out orca shows at its three parks by the year 2019 and will no longer breed the mammals. this move follows increased scrutiny after the death of a trainer and the critical documentary "blackfish." >> orcas are simply too large and too intelligent to be confined in artificial environments. >> sea world says it can't release the whales into the wild because they haven't been trained to compete for food and they would be exposed to disease and pollution. a big buzz for a local coffee company. it's now california's small business of the year. equator coffees and tea is the first lgbt-owned business to receive this hon fund-raiser the u.s. small business
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administration. owners helen russell and brooke mcdonald started equator 21 years ago. in a garage in marin county. now they have three retail stores, and more than 350 wholesale customers. equator, by the way, recently made headlines for serving a $15 cup of coffee made from rare beans grown in the mountains of panama. >> we did meet them a few years back for a story that we did and the coffee was delicious. >> we got to go to equator and get the $15 cup. >> congratulations to them. >> stay with us, we'll be right back. it's one of the mt scec
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drives in tonight at 6:00, one of the most scenic drives in the bay area. but there could be a change to the landscape along 280 on the peninsula. the reason county leaders are looking into putting up electronic billboards. happy st. patrick's day, and a chicago -- you know how it works. even the river right through town turns green this is time-lapse video that shows how they do it that big boat that you just saw had three men on board using flower sifters to dump 40 pounds of a safe vegetable dye into the water. the powder is orange, but turns
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green when it gets wet. a second boat follows up to churn up the water and spreaded green color. >> very cool. happy st. patrick's day, lester holt joins us next. tonight, water wars. fireworks and finger-pointing over who is to blame for the toxic crisis that has poisoned an american city. tonight angry calls for an embattled governor and the epa head to resign. sea change. as a storm of controversy forces the end of an era at seaworld. what it means for the killer whales that de the theme parks famous. hitting the brakes. a major announcement about life-life-saving technology. your car taking control, stopping a crash before it happens. sounding the alarm about a surge in kids rushed to the e.r. after swallowing adult medications. one every nine minutes. a new warning for parents. and found alive. after five weeks missing at sea, you won't believe where they found one amazing puppy. "nightly news" begins


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